Iran’s judiciary April 20 ordered fair appellate proceedings for a US journalist convicted this week of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison. Iran’s top judge Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi said the appeal by journalist Roxana Saberi, a dual US-Iran citizen who was originally arrested for illegally purchasing alcohol, should be fair and accurate. Shahrudi’s declaration came after Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad implicitly criticized the judiciary’s handling of Saberi’s case. On April 19, Ahmadinejad told Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi to manage the appeal in a way that allows Saberi to defend herself freely. Saberi’s lawyer said he would file an appeal by week’s end. (Jurist, April 20)
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